HD62: NAACP official, newcomer vying for Democratic nod

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Those who want to vote in the Democratic Party’s House District 62 primary June 11 will have a choice.

Local NAACP official Tavorise Marks and Chesterfield County budget official Lindsey Dougherty are running.

Marks has worked for the state Department of Health for six-plus years, he said, noting that he began as regional coordinator of the Virginia Family Fatherhood Initiative in January. The program is geared toward men ages 16 to 24.

Marks is also a member of the Army Reserve and is pursuing a doctorate in organizational leadership from Regent University of Virginia Beach.

“I don’t want to be a puppet for any corporate organization or developer,” Marks said, pledging to not take donations from a developer or Dominion Energy.

“Chesterfield County needs someone with a more forward-thinking vision,” he said.

If elected he would work to protect Medicaid expansion, increase employee wages, build a new mental health facility and pass criminal justice reform.

In regard to the latter, Marks said he applauds Chesterfield commonwealth’s attorney Scott Miles’ work. “He’s kept his word and is doing a yeoman’s job,” Marks said.

“I hope to be a bridge builder and help the district be more progressive,” he said.

A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Dougherty moved to Chesterfield in 2017 with her husband and two children.

She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and a master’s degree in public administration from North Carolina State University.

In a press release, Dougherty said she has worked with at-risk youth in juvenile justice and partnered with community organizations to build life and job skills. She has worked to increase access to better health through recreation and art.

She is an analyst for Chesterfield County’s Budget and Management Department, providing fiscal oversight and working with departments on their operating and capital improvement plan budgets.

Dougherty wants to increase the state minimum wage, pay teachers and school staffers above the average for Mid-Atlantic states, offer free community college and trade programs for in-state students, and pass criminal justice reform and more early voting.

The Democrats are vying to replace longtime Del. Riley Ingram, R-Hopewell, in the general election.

Chesterfield School Board member Carrie Coyner is the only candidate running for the Grand Old Party’s nomination.


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